Apple Filed Interchangeable Lens Patent, Coming To iPhone 5?


18.06.2012

Apple Filed Interchangeable Lens Patent, Coming To iPhone 5?

Will the iPhone 5 feature interchangeable lens? A patent application filled by Apple in late 2010 describes an iPhone model that sports an interchangeable lens system for the camera.

Just like it happens with a DSLR camera, the presence of an interchangeable lens system would be very useful for any smartphone, bringing a phone’s camera closer to the quality brought by a professional camera. For example, by applying Telephoto lens you can take high-quality pictures of objects that are far away, while a Wide-angle set of lenses will allow the user to get a wider angle for close-up photos.

Removing certain components, like the IR filter responsible for blocking the light coming from outside the light specter seen by the human eye, would result into higher-quality black and white pictures in low light conditions.

Apple’s patent details the design of an iPhone with a detachable back-plate, which exposes the camera’s lens. Apple mentions that the system should not sacrifice the advantages of a “pre-assembled digital imaging subsystem.”

Although more than one year passed since this patent was registered, Apple haven’t launched a smartphone that features a interchangeable lens system and it doesn’t seem like they would fit it inside one of their iOS phones in the near future. Another reason for Apple obtaining this patent is to prevent its competitors developing a similar camera for their phones ahead of them.

A lot of rumors about the iPhone 5 hit the web lately, but none of them talked about interchangeable lens. Reports have shown that the next generation Apple smartphone would sport a bigger display and a more powerful chipset.

Even though some said that the iPhone 5 will have a quad-core chipset, it’s pretty obvious to me that the Cupertino-based company will fit a dual-core SoC inside their next iPhone. Apple’s previous iPhone releases have thought us that world’s most valuable company usually places an iPad CPU inside their new smartphones.

Therefore, the iPhone 4 came with iPad’s single-core A4 chip clocked at 800 MHz and the dual-core A5 chipset is hid inside the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. It’s common sense to believe that the iPhone 5 might come with the dual-core A5X SoC that is currently delivered with the new iPad.

Rumor has it that the iPhone 5 release date was set for September and that it will come with 4G LTE support, courtesy of a LTE chip manufactured by Qualcomm.

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